oWebster’s dictionary defines legacy as “something that comes from someone in the past.” “Legacy” is today’s topic for the Capture Your Grief project. When we think of legacy we think of something someone left behind and usually this person lived a long life. So how can someone, who didn’t take a breath on this earth, who never opened her eyes, leave a legacy?
For the last two and a half years, my husband and I have been on a journey of healing. We soon discovered that infant loss was and is such a taboo subject. We also found that there were very little resources in the community for those with such a loss. Most people felt alone in their grief and lacked support from family and friends. That was where we were. From the beginning, we felt like God was calling us to help others. We didn’t want people to go through some of the things we did, and if they did, we wanted to be there to help comfort and encourage them. We didn’t know how or what that looked like, but we knew we had to do something. So after we joined our church we began asking questions and talking to people. They didn’t have anything in place for such a loss and in a church of that magnitude, we knew there had to be a need. So after two and a half years of losing Bella, and after a year and a half of joining our church, I am honored to say we will be having a remembrance service in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I’m not sure who will come, but God knows.
That is my sweet girl’s legacy. This service was inspired by and created because of her short life. It’s because of her that we will be able to minister to others and help honor all the other babies gone too soon.